If you’re involved in wood harvesting, you’ll remember well the major harvesting event, HarvestTECH 2019. It ran in Rotorua, New Zealand last year and the event SOLD OUT well in advance of it actually running. It was the largest gathering of its type ever seen in New Zealand with close to 500 harvesting contractors, harvest planners, forestry managers and equipment and technology suppliers into the region’s logging industry attending.
As anticipated, we’ve been blown away with the level of interest already shown by the industry. Thanks for your input and buy-in. Expressions of interest to present were sent out to the wider industry in September. The conference two-day programme now is already full. Exhibition and sponsorship information were sent out only a month ago and already, the venue has all but SOLD OUT. That’s a full house, 33 in-door and 15 outdoor spaces – six months before the event runs. At the time of writing, only two outside stands remain. So, it’s going to be another huge turnout.
Exhibitors include; McFall Fuel, Cookes, Eagle Technology, BOA, Duxon Donaldson, Randalls Equipment, AGrow Quip/John Deere, Tracplus Global, WorkSafe NZ, Porter Equipment, SouthStar Equipment, Lubricants NZ, Komatsu Forest, West-Trak Equipment, Finance NZ, DC Equipment, Remsoft, FISC, TDDA, TerraCat , Braford Industries, Footwear & Apparel, EMS, Husqvarna, Rearsense Warning Systems, Trimble Forestry, Waratah, Toi Ohomai, Seeing Machines, C3, Hydraulink, Shaws, Chainsaw & Outdoor Power
So, roll on 2021. HarvestTECH 2021 is planned to be run in Rotorua, New Zealand on 13-14 April next year. In speaking to forestry and wood harvesting operations across the region, a few extras have also been added that again will make this event THE wood transport and wood harvesting event for next year.
1. As an added bonus, the very popular forestry safety event run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association, Forest Safety & Technology 2021, is also being held at the same venue on the first day, Tuesday 13 April. This is going to enable delegates from both events to network during the breaks and to capitalise on the large number of trade exhibitions that will be present in Rotorua.
2. For the first time, live links from the New Zealand event will be set up for those unable to travel into Rotorua. It can be viewed in real time or later as a recorded event.
3. Two key themes this year. As well as mechanised harvesting on steeper slopes, the integration of automation & robotics into wood harvesting operations and best practices around ensuring environmental sustainability (roading, stream crossings and harvest residues management) in felling and in extracting wood from the forest, log scaling and measurement technologies and wood transport innovations have been built into the two-day programme.
What now? Further information on the event will follow. At this stage, registrations to HarvestTECH 2021 are now live and the early programme has been uploaded to the event website, www.harvesttech.events/ht21. Registrations to attend the event can be made here
Note: The message very clearly is that if you are looking to save a space for yourself or your crew at HarvestTECH 2021 (it was sold out well in advance of the event running last year), register early whilst rates are discounted – and to avoid disappointment of missing out on a space.